Publisher description for War at sea in the age of the sail : 1650-1850 / Andrew Lambert ; general editor John Keegan.

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Counter Set sail for the high seas in the age when battle-fighting navies rose to power. At the end of the 17th and throughout the 18th century, ocean-going forces developed into instruments of worldwide control. At first, Spain, France, Holland, and Britain headed the pack, but eventually the struggle for history at sea resolved chiefly into a Franco-British conflict. It culminated in Britain's triumph during the Napoleonic Wars and the elevation of the Royal Navy to global domination. One of the world's leading maritime experts traces the path that led to that supremacy, with detailed accounts of each of the key naval conflicts from the highest strategic level right down to the experience of the ordinary sailor.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Naval history, Modern, Naval battles History 17th century, Naval battles History 18th century, Naval battles History 19th century